Garda Recovery Services

A valid form of ID must be presented for the removal of all vehicles detained under the Section 41 Road Traffic Act or Technical Examination vehicles.

To have a vehicle detained under S41 of the Road Traffic Act by An Garda Síochána released at Gannon’s City Recovery please adhere to the following procedures.

It is advisable that your Garda Release Form should be obtained within the 1st 24 hour period after the seizure of a vehicle:

  1. The registered owner of the vehicle must present themselves at a Garda Station (open 24 hours) within the Garda District where the vehicle was seized. Some Garda Districts have identified stations solely for the issue of Garda Release Forms

  2. Please present with photographic identification (Driving Licence/Passport) along with all relevant documentation pertaining to the detained vehicle.

  3. A 'Vehicle Release' form must be obtained at the Garda Station authorising the release of the vehicle

  4. The 'Vehicle Release' form must be produced at the Gannon’s Compound when collecting the detained vehicle. (There is a two hour period of grace allowed for travel time and to arrange a tow truck where necessary from the date and time of issue of the Garda Release Form to permit the owner to arrive at Gannon’s).

  5. All charges due for the detention, removal and storage of the vehicle must be paid in full in accordance with Article 5(1) at the nominated Garda Compound before the vehicle can be released.

  6. Should the Gardaí direct that a vehicle is required to be towed out of the compound the vehicle cannot be released until the tow wagon has arrived at Gannons.

  7. For vehicles seized with no tax under Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act – The vehicle can be driven out if the tax arrears have been paid, along with the production of a valid and current tax disc.
    However, all Garda fines must still be paid in cash or postal order for the seizure of the vehicle when it was stopped and not displaying it at the time of seizure.


Schedule of Charges.

Vehicles detained under the provisions of Section 41 R.T.A. 1994.

  • For the detention, removal & storage of vehicles: EUR 125.00 for Light Goods Vehicles, and EUR 250.00 for Heavy Goods Vehicles

  • (After initial 24hrs) for each subsequent 24hr period: EUR 35.00 per 24 hrs ( or part there off ) for Light Goods Vehicles, and EUR 50.00 per 24 hrs ( or part there off ) for Heavy Goods Vehicles

  • Payment types accepted: Cash or Postal Order. Cheques will not be accepted.

The Vehicle will be released without payment of charges, if the owner establishes to the satisfaction of a member of An Garda Síochána that ALL of the following were applicable at the time of detention:

  1. That the use of the vehicle on the date of its detention was covered by insurance (i.e. the person using the vehicle at the time of its detention was covered by insurance).

  2. The excise duty (Road Tax) was paid in respect of the vehicle on the date of its detention immediately prior to its detention.

  3. That an NCT Certificate in respect of the vehicle was in force on the date of its detention.

  4. That a Certificate of Roadworthiness was in force in respect of the vehicle on the date of its detention.